Christmas Morning 1864 via Harper's Weekly: a Journal of Civilization
This site features online versions of all the Harper's Weekly newspapers printed during the Civil War. Harper's Weekly was the most popular newspaper at that time. It featured in depth stories on all the important people and events of the war and stunning illustrations made by war correspondents deployed with the troops on the front lines. These papers are an excellent resource for the serious student of the Civil War.
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"In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!'" -- Dave Barry, "Christmas Shopping: A Survivor's Guide"
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"I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys." -- Charles Dickens